What Maisie Knew

The first UK edition, 1898 [1897]


Henry James


William Heinemann, London, 1898
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Printing Details

First edition [although the first is dated 1898, the book was printed in 1897]. Hardback, bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine, and gilt titling and blindstamped to upper board. 19.5 × 12.5cm, 304pp, 32pp ads.

After her parents' bitter divorce, young Maisie Farange finds herself shuttled between her selfish mother and vain father, who value her only as a means for provoking each other. Maisie—solitary, observant and wise beyond her years—is drawn into an increasingly entangled adult world of intrigue and sexual betrayal, until she is finally compelled to choose her own future. What Maisie Knew is a subtle yet devastating portrayal of an innocent adrift in a corrupt society.


A fair reading copy. The boards are rubbed, the inner binding a little strained in places. The pages are clean but with a little foxing to the margins etc.



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